How the challenge works

Step 1: Learn

Your Grade 7-12 students begin by learning about AI in one of three ways. They can learn in your class (supported by our lesson plans). Or you can run a one-day hackathon at your school, or they can come along to one that we run (with pizza!).

Step 2: Build

Equipped with this new knowledge and supported through either the hackathons or the modules, your students then dream up an AI concept that makes a difference in the world either for the earth, accessibility, humanitarian action or cultural heritage.

Step 3: Submit

Your students need to submit their AI concept before the 29th of May. They submit on this site on the submissions page, and on top of answering the basic questions in the form, they are also encouraged to include something creative to explain their idea (like a video or sketch or slideshow).

Step 4: Finals

The top entries will make it through to state (which happen in June) and the national finals (which happen in August) and if they succeed there, win great prizes! Your students’ submissions are judged based on a judging rubric that is in the teacher resources.

Who is running the AI for Good challenge?

The challenge is run by Microsoft, in partnership with Education Changemakers (

Is the challenge free to be part of?

Yes. This is a free challenge and some travel costs are covered for students (and one teacher or sponsoring adult for each team) that make it through to national finals. See T&C’s for further information. 

Who can take part?

The challenge is for Australian students in grades 7-12. Students only need to dream up an AI idea, they don’t actually need to code or build an AI, so it is a great learning experience for all students (not just those who love working with technology). Students in other year groups (for example year 6) can use the learning resources but we cannot accept submissions from them to be considered for the finals. 

How are the submissions judged?

They are judged inline with our rubric, which we discuss in detail in Module 4 of the resources. Essentially we look at how innovative the idea is, how well the students have drawn on the Microsoft cognitive services, how it aligns with the Microsoft AI ethical principles, and the creativity of their submissions (such as through the creation of videos, or sketches or slideshows). 

What are the key dates?

The learning resources are available on the website now, so you can do your planning for 2020. Students can submit their AI concepts through this site between the 3rd February and 11:59pm on the 29th May.

What do my students actually have to submit?

The submission page is on this site under the tab ‘Submit Your AI solution’, and you can see there exactly what your students will have to fill out. Quite simply they are briefly sharing an AI concept that they have come up with that makes a difference in the world. In module 4 we talk in-depth about how to put in a great submission, but in short, they can increase their chances of success by detailing how innovative their concept is, how it aligns with the Microsoft AI ethical principles, how it draws on the Microsoft cognitive services, and the creativity of their submissions (such as through the creation of videos, or sketches or slideshows). 

How much time will it take?

That is up to you! If you run the four modules in your classes, we estimate that you can do each basic module in 40 minutes or you could go deeper and engage with the extra activities across a whole term. Alternatively, you could run a one-day hackathon yourself using our toolkit or attend one of the hackathons that we are hosting.

Is there professional development for teachers?

Yes! Much of this happens through the teacher resource kits that are on this site, where you can run curriculum-aligned learning with your students. We also have webinars that you can engage with. 

What happens at the hackathons?

The hackathons are a one-day event where your students learn about AI, innovate their solution and then potentially submit their idea on the day. Therefore if you have been extensively engaging in the four modules in your classes already, you might not need to attend a hackathon.

Do you give feedback on the submissions?

No we don’t unfortunately. We have thousands of them to read through, and are unable to provide personalised feedback.

Do you provide transport to the hackathons?

No we don’t unfortunately. The hackathons are free to attend and we provide catering, but we can not coordinate transport.